Paris is such an enigmatic city, and I fall in love with the city of lights every, single, time. From the architecture to the chic inhabitants, Paris is a place of romance, elegance and beauty. Courvoisier are set to celebrate the golden age of the city with the Toast of Paris tour. Dining, tastings and historical elements come together to celebrate the tradition and innovation of the luxury cognac, and how it intertwines with the heritage of Paris.
The Courvoisier story is proudly Parisian, as it started in Paris in the early 1880’s with Founders Louis Gallois and Emmanuel Courvoisier. Originally Based in Bercy (now Jarnac) the business flourished and became Napoleon III’s only cognac supplier. Courvoisier is the only cognac house to be awarded the Prestige de la France, France’s highest award for quality.
The first part of the tour was a light lunch at Fontaine de Mars, with Courvoisier brand ambassador Rebecca. The cognac brand pride themselves on the importance of aroma to awaken your senses. She has such a passion for the brand and lead us on a scent journey to explore the different layers of taste and aroma within the XO. It is surprising how different it can taste with each sip after smelling individual scents. I loved the ‘slowness’ of the first haunt, there wasn’t the need to rush but plenty of time to fully enjoy the Courvoisier champagne cocktail, the cuisine and each others company before the next part of the tour.
The toast of Paris tour unfolded throughout the day as a love letter to the city. With a dedicated taxi our intimate group of three including fellow Blogger Angie was ferried to famous landmarks combined with walking through back streets. We heard tales of banquets, revolutions and origins of design.
A perfect end to the day was the dinner at luxury hotel Fouquet’s.on the Champs-Elysees. It was such a beautiful day so we dined on the outside terrace with a selection of Courvoisier cocktails and a fresh platter of cheeses and dips. I really couldn’t have asked for a better day, and the tour is set to evolve and be flexible with the guests need. When you do settle in to your Eurostar seat at the end of the day on your way home, you can’t help but smile and bcause there was so much more to Paris than you originally thought, and think about when you plan to go back.
All photographs are my own. Thank you again to Courvoisier for another great adventure in Paris!